To a Simon Desthieux, that would have been grimaceous soup. In Östersund, Sweden, the French biathlon team did not really have a flamboyant start to the season. On the shooting range mainly because on skis, this Saturday day was rather promising. But as soon as it came to blanking targets, it suddenly got very complicated. Especially for our female biathletes, who drank the chalice to the dregs. Thus, the best ranked, Anaïs Bescond, had to settle for a modest 28th place, with four rifle errors. Which is always better than his little comrades. Expected like the leader of the Blue, Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet sank from the start with two faults on the first lying, then two more on the first standing, to finish 52nd with five faults. Far,very far from its initial objectives.
Black day in shooting for the Blue
Faster on the track but also guilty of missing five targets, Justine Braisaz did a little better with her 38th position.
And the Frenchwoman only wanted to retain the positive at the microphone of the L'Equipe channel after her performance: “
I was certainly a little apprehensive but paradoxically, I really wanted to go.
My balls are very far on the bed, I only have that to adjust to make a complete race.
Standing shots and skiing weather are good.
I want to keep the positive: the legs are doing great.
It will be necessary to find more relaxation on my lying in competition.
From Sunday I hope.
“For the sprint where Julia Simon will also be expected, relegated to 72nd in a race won by Czech Marketa Davidova, reigning world champion in the specialty and author of a clear shot. She signed the third victory of her career, beating the Austrian Lisa-Theresa Hauser and the German Denise Herrmann. The Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff, the champion of the big crystal globe, took only 30th place committing five rifle errors, her runner-up and compatriot Marte-Olsbu Roeiseland finishing 10th with 3 faults.
The Blues passed through, we waited for the men to raise the flag at half mast. This was partially the case with two representatives in the Top 10, including one on the third step of the podium: Simon Desthieux. And yet, with a bit of additional success - namely not being forced to take an outside path at the end of the race due to a competitor reluctant to open the door for him - he might have been able to dislodge the Norwegian Tarjei Boe from his second place (1''4 difference between the two men). On the other hand, nothing and no one could oppose the impressive victory of another Norwegian, Sturla Lagreid, author of an unruffled 20 out of 20 on the shot and very solid on the skis. 8th, Quentin Fillon-Maillet limits the breakage despite his three shooting faults. Fabien Claude, him,fails at the gates of the Top 10 (11th with four faults) while Emilien Jacquelin had a day worthy of his female counterparts with 6 shooting faults and an anonymous 35th final position.